RE: Tri-Tip, Santa Maria Style
My memory may be fuzzy, but didn't the Sterns write up Santa Maria style BBQ a few years back? It's been quite awhile since I read their article, but it did revive memories from my childhood. I think it even had a basic recipe or two - I believe it was in a Gourmet magazine article. I'll have to look through our stack of back issues at home tonight...
During my childhood, my family was still anchored in the Santa Barbara - Lompoc - Santa Maria areas, and every reunion or family BBQ seemed to feature a variation of Santa Maria style. Good stuff!